April 2, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Harumi, Week 4


Location:Bellevue, Washington, United States

Name: Harumi

Week: 4

Personal Info:

I was surprised to receive my first CSA vegetable delivery with produce in plastic bags (biodegradable). I emailed the farm and requested less or plastic bags. We have started buying milk in a glass jar, and nuts, beans, cereal from a bulk section. We have gave up frozen food, beans in a can, orange juice in a box, and soup stock in a box.

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)

- Plastic bags
- Wrappers

Total items collected: 44

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
- Rotisserie chicken container #5 (w/lid)
- 1 yogurt container #5 (lids, inner seals, also plastic)
- 1 chicken stock box (small inner seals, also plastic)
- 1 orange juice box w/cap
- 1 milk box w/cap

Items: Nonrecyclable
- Takeout container (compostable) w/lid no number
- Chocolate container (no number) w/cap
- 11 food bags, 1 Ricola wrapper, 1 Butter wrapper, 2 Buttery containers
- 2 Bread tie and kale tie
- 2 Juice and milk cap rings
- 6 bio gradable bags (form CSA)
- 2 Delivery box tapes
- 1 delivery bag, and 1 item bag

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
A rotisserie chicken at Whole Foods maybe twice a month. My husband eats meat, and I make chicken soup stock after he finishes. It’s about $14, and we think it’s a great deal. Not only he can eat meat, but we can get a huge pot of soup stock, and we don’t need to buy soup stock in a box anymore. However, it comes with plastic container… Hummm. Maybe we start making own rotisserie chicken…

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
- Frozen food

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
- Cheese
- Butteries
- Butter without wrappers

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
- Bring your own lunch
- Bring containers to store
- Reusing bags
- Not buying single portion snack

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?